In this week's newsletter: Solar (and Solar One) in the NYT, the emotional labor of climate science, reforestation as a cheap and immediate global climate solution and much more!
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New York City Solar (and Solar One) in the New York Times

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article about solar development in NYC, and our own Noah Ginsburg was quoted, discussing how we should all expect to see a lot more solar development very soon, especially in Manhattan.

The article also featured Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, currently the site of the largest residential solar array in the country and our neighbors to the west! It's taken a while to sort out how to do solar projects that aren't either industrial scale solar farms or private solar systems. Now New York is a testing ground for community rooftop solar and solar for multi-family buildings and for renters.

And while we currently only have about half the solar capacity installed that Los Angeles has, the potential here remains huge- and critical for meeting New York's ambitious climate goals. The Stuy Town solar array produces almost 4 megawatts of electricity, and is paving the way for more large-scale solar initiatives here in the City

These projects are significant steps towards New York's new, ambitious goal of installing 6,000 megawatts of solar capacity by 2025. You can read the whole article on the NY Times website here.

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The Intense Emotional Labor of Climate Science 

When thinking about science and scientists, emotion is not one of the first things that springs to mind. Science is a world of scrupulous observation, data recording and hypothesis testing. Labs are sterile environments, and the qualities of patience and methodicalness that we associate with scientists don't usually evoke such imprecise and messy things as feelings.

But when the discipline is climate science, anxiety, pessimism and depression are common. Two researchers published a paper examining the “emotional management strategies” used by a sample of Australian climate scientists, and found that daily immersion in the subject caused anxiety for the scientists, exacerbated by the difficulty of “protecting the psyche from the subject matter of climate change.”

Put another way, climate scientists often resemble Sarah Connor of the Terminator franchise, who knows of a looming catastrophe but must struggle to function in a world that does not comprehend what is coming and, worse, largely ignores the warnings of those who do. “An accurate representation” of the Connor comparison, one scientist darkly notes, “would have more crying and wine.”

It's important to understand how the reception and response to their work affects climate professionals, as we may all be feeling similar feelings in the not-nearly-distant-enough future. The health effects of climate chaos could well become psychological as well as physical.

You can read more about this on the Mother Jones website here.

Reforestation on a Global Scale Could Reduce Carbon Levels by Two Thirds

A research team has published a study that claims that refporestation could reduce atmospheric carbon levels by two thirds, putting us back where we were a century ago, in terms of the atmosphere.

By mapping global potential tree coverage, they predict that currently established ecosystems could support another 0.9 billion hectares (2.22 billion acres) of continuous forest. This would be accomplished by restoring deforested areas rather than trying to establish new forests where they have never existed before.

That many trees- around 1 trillion!- would be able to sequester almost 25% of the additional carbon that humans have added to the planet's atmosphere.

Tree planting on this kind of scale would be one of the cheapest, most efficient ways to combat climate change. But like all climate mitigation strategies, time is of the essence. It will take another 50-100 years for the full effects of a tree-planting effort to manifest, and planting more trees now could forestall the shrinking of the tree canopy, now estimated at 550 million acres by 2050.

You can read the full study in the journal Science here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Summer Music Series
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, 6:30-8:30pm, free
Please check this space for exact program info, or visit the SCPA website here.

City of Water Day
Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 9am-12pm, free
For details on activities and to RSVP, email Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy

Upcoming Events

City of Water Day
Waterfront Festival at Piers 16 & 17, Manhattan, plus various locations around the city, Westchester and NJ (including Stuy Cove), 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Jamaica-St. Albans
113-43 Farmers Boulevard bet Murdock Ave & 113th Rd, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Flushing
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street bet Crommelin St & Peck Ave, Queens, 10am-04pm, free

The National Lighthouse Museum’s NY East River Lighthouse Journey through Hell Gate to Long Island Sound
National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthoiuse Point, Staten Island, 11am-3pm, $62 adults/$52 seniors/$42 children under 10

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour & Scavenger Hunt
Freehold Bar, 45 South 3rd Street bet Wythe & Kent Aves, Brooklyn, 6-8pm, $5 general admission/free for Urban Green members

From Blueprint to Bill: NYC's Building Emissions Law Webinar
Online, 9:30-10:30am, free

Climate Mobilization Act Series: PACE Financing
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 8:30-10:30am, free

Water Reuse in NYC
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $25 general admission/$15 BE-eX members, ILFI members & students

Take the Bait: Free Catch & Release Fishing with the Lower East Side Ecology Center
East River Park Fire Boat House, East River Park Promenade bet Delancey & Grand Sts, Manhattan, 4-6pm, free
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